All posts tagged: sister

Sister love

My sister is on her way back to the US this evening. We accompanied her to the airport, but we didn’t stay long – just enough for us to have a couple of group hugs and have our picture taken. I have no idea when we would see each other again, Facetime aside, but I’m really hoping that I’d get to visit her and my niece (and some of my friends) in the US in two years. The past few days, we tried to spend as much time as we could with each other. Finally, we became close as sisters could ever be, sharing confidences over good food, sleeping late into the night, catching up. It was an answered prayer for me, yes, but I didn’t expect that it would only come around after the death of our father, although we have started to get close to each other long before she first left for the States. I remember my sister always giving me candies as pasalubong whenever she got home from school when I was a toddler. I …

Crossing the Bridge of Now and Then

This is probably one of those days when I couldn’t help feeling helpless. My husband‘s in a foreign country, alone and very sick. His skin asthma has recurred (it normally does every three years) and so far, this year’s the worst breakout he’s ever had. More, his medical supplies have already run out. I have tried flying to him, but since my passport’s within six months of its expiration now, online ticketing sites would no longer accommodate me. I have also tried sending him medicines through FedEx, but they require a medical certificate and a doctor’s prescription, which we no longer have. He has already seen a doctor in his area, but he was only given some herbal medicine that did not help much to alleviate his condition. He has tried buying the same type of medicines he has been using, but they are not readily available where he is now, unlike here in the Philippines. A friend has already agreed to bring him his medicines, but he won’t be receiving them until Thursday or …